Carl Eberwein

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Carl Eberwein

Franz Carl Adelbert Eberwein (born November 10, 1786 in Weimar ; † March 2, 1868 there ) was a German composer , music director and conductor at the grand ducal opera in Weimar.


Eberwein was a member of a family dynasty that made important contributions to the development of music in classical and post-classical Weimar. His father Alexander Bartholomäus Eberwein was court and town musician in Weimar and responsible for the music at weddings, funerals and fairs. His son was apprenticed to him and at the age of 17 he became a flautist in the court orchestra, of which he remained from 1802 to 1849. Goethe recognized his talent and in 1808/1809 made it possible for him to complete a nine-month training course with Carl Friedrich Zelter in Berlin . In 1826 he was promoted to music director. He was also head of church music at the town church and music teacher at the grammar school.

Eberwein had a close relationship with his patron Goethe. For 25 years he directed the house concerts and festival music in the Goethehaus. He set many of Goethe's poems to music and created stage music for the monodrama Proserpina and Faust . This was played regularly at the Faust performances until 1873 . His incidental music for Karl von Holteis Lenore was particularly successful . He also composed seven operas as well as choirs and chamber music . In 1814 he was accepted into the Weimar Masonic Lodge Anna Amalia to the three roses .

Eberwein's music was soon forgotten. It cannot be regarded as classical in the sense of the great Viennese composers, but rather belongs to the pre-classical style of sensitivity.

He was married from June 1812 to Henriette Eberwein , née Häßler. His father-in-law was Johann Wilhelm Häßler .


He is buried in the historical cemetery in Weimar , where a plaque commemorates him.


The libretto based on the work The Lovers' Concert was created by the superintendent and writer Christian Friedrich Gottfried Teuscher (1791–1865). The premiere was on February 24, 1815 in Weimar.


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